Animations for Christmas is a stack that includes 12 christmas carols. (Written using harpsichord and flute sounds included in HyperCard 2.0) Each carol has a charming animation to go with it. 1. Away in a Manager 2. God Rest You Merry Gentelmen 3. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas 4. O Come, All Ye Faithful 5. Deck the Halls 6. Silent Night 7. We Three Kings of Oreint Are 8. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear 9. We Wish You a Merry Christmas 10. Jingle Bells 11. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 12. O, Christmas Tree Play these songs within the stack and enjoy the animations, or copy the buttons into your own stacks to give them that extra addition they need. There is also a 36 key piano with flats AND sharps that you can create your own tunes with. Also included in the stack is instructions on how to write music using HyperCard. Look for other 'Animations for' stacks yet to come. Don't wait untill Christmas to download this stack! / /| |hanks!
May 10, 2018 Subject:
“Animations for Christmas” is a simplistic and enjoyable HyperCard. Written by Paul Pierson and published on January 26, 1994, it is truly representative of the creative, vibrant and diverse HyperCard culture of that time. While it does have a few glitches, “Animations for Christmas” is overall an easy-to-use program that can put one in the holiday spirit at any time.
Upon the program’s start up, the title “Animations for Christmas” appears above a graphically illustrated Santa Claus juggling gifts. This screen invites the user to move to the next page via a hand pointing right. Once the user arrives to the main screen, they are offered the option of clicking on various boxes labeled by famous Christmas songs.
When clicking on a song’s box, the user is then shown an animation representing the key identifying elements of that particular song. In the image below, the animation for “Away in a Manger” is displayed, showing who is presumably baby Jesus turning his sleeping head with a smile.
Each animation seems to be very clean and well thought-out, and it seems as though a lot of skill and effort was required to not only create the image but additionally make certain parts of the image move in a looping fashion.
“Animations for Christmas” was by no means perfect, however. My cursor on my computer never could calibrate with the HyperCard emulator cursor, so it was very difficult to drag the cursor to where I wanted it to go. Though this may not have been an issue with the original program, it made the full experience a lot more difficult to achieve. Additionally, there is a box labeled “piano” in the middle of the home screen that, when opened, actually does display a piano with pressable keys. I thought this was a great feature to accompany the song animations, however I was never able to produce sound no matter what. I also realized that, after trying to explore the stack for some time, that Pierson created another stack called “Christmas Sound Stack”. Not being technologically savvy at all, things started to get complicated and I had to end my exploration.
Part of my experience with “Animations for Christmas” was limited by my personal awareness and knowledge of how to operate HyperCards and the stacks within them. I am usually easily intimidated by the unfamiliarity of such programs, so navigating my way through the technology can be difficult and somewhat frustrating. Despite this, I did really enjoy exploring the many classic Christmas songs I grew up listening to, and I appreciated Pierson’s attention to detail and his creativity with each song animation. Every time I open the program, I am reminded of my favorite holiday, and I can imagine that HyperCard users of the 1990’s and on have felt the same!